When I was in high school, I would have told you that when I was 25 I would live somewhere glamourous and work in marketing. I wanted to be married to someone with green eyes who played baseball and travel all the time to exotic locations. I wanted to drive a Land Rover or a Jeep Grand Cherokee and live in a two-story house. I thought that I would cook an elaborate dinner every night and buy my clothes from the Limited and Ann Taylor. I figured that I would be close to finishing grad school (either my MBA or possibly considering law school) and beginning to think about having babies.
My reality is closer to this: I live in my hometown and work in education/ childcare/ social work. I love my hazel eyed, God-fearing EMT husband. We've been to Ethiopia, Mexcio twice, and taken many trip across the US. I drive a black Xterra named Jean. I live in the house that Lee's grandparents built in 1953. I cook rarely (once a week) and buy my clothes mostly from Target, Marshalls, and the consignment stores in town. I am 27 credit hours from my psychology degree. And I want to have a baby.
My life doesn't exactly look like what I thought I wanted. And that's okay. I am content and satisfied with the life that God has given me. When I look at the people in my life I realize that I am incredibly blessed. Life is what you make it. And I hope to make mine even better in this next year.
My actual birthday day:
I had to work. Do you like how I said "had to" as if people should automatically be excused from work on their birthday? My boss and some other co-workers called me at 6:45 from Washington D.C. and sang me "Happy Birthday". When I got to work for staff meeting, other co-workers had brought a cookie cake and my favorite pizza dip. My co-teacher gave me a ton of yummy candy and a cute Halloween t-shirt. I really work with some of the best people. And then my dad brought me flowers at work!!! Pink is my favorite.
After class, I met up with my sweet man and went to dinner at Osaka. I had only been there once (years ago, for prom when I was a sophomore with a cool senior boyfriend). There is a new location not too far from our house. Osaka is a Japanese steakhouse and sushi restaurant that has a section of hibachi grilling. We chose to sit on that side and were very entertained by the experience.
Then Lee and I went home and tried to watch a "Bones" on Netflix. We usually watch it in bed on the laptop, and today the allure of sleep a stronger pull than the storyline.
All in all, not a bad day. I had many calls and texts throughout the day from family and friends. What a lovely thing. That's why I love birthdays- everyone gets to be part of the special day. I heard from people that I don't get to talk to as much as I would like (stupid busy lives.)
Happy birthday to me!